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Sex has nothing to do with heart attack or risk of second heart attack: Study

Sex is good and it never causes a heart attack, and most heart disease patients are safe to resume sexual activity after a heart attack, said a new research finding.

The finding published as a letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, says that sexual activity should not be concern for many heart attack patients who worry about exertion triggering another heart event.

Now reserchers say sexual activity generally involves moderate physical activity comparable to climbing two staircases or taking a brisk walk. Reserchers studied 536 heart disease patients between 30 and 70 years old to evaluate sexual activity in the 12 months before a heart attack and estimate the association of frequency of sexual activity with subsequent cardiovascular events, including fatal heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death.stroke

Responding in a self-reported questionnaire, 14.9 percent of patients said there was no sexual activity in the 12 months before their heart attack, 4.7 percent reported sex less than once per month, 25.4 percent reported less than once per week and 55 percent reported one or more times per week.

During 10 years of follow up, 100 adverse cardiovascular events occurred in patients in the study. Sexual activity was not a risk factor for subsequent adverse cardiovascular events.

Researchers also evaluated the timing and found only 0.7 percent reported sex within an hour before their heart attack. In comparison, over 78 percent reported that their last sexual activity occurred more than 24 hours before the heart attack.

“Based on our data, it seems very unlikely that sexual activity is a relevant trigger of heart attack,” said Dietrich Rothenbacher, professor of the Institute of Epidemiology and Medical Biometry at Ulm University in Ulm, Germany.

“Less than half of men and less than a third of women are getting information about sexual activity after heart attack from their doctors. It is important to reassure patients that they need not be worried and should resume their usual sexual activity.”

More than that, the potential of erectile dysfunction as a side effect from various cardiovascular medicines should be revealed to the patients.

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